This is one of my favorite dishes that my husband makes. Please don't omit the raisins ... they add a soft sweetness that is really terrific. Instead of ladling the lamb over the couscous in the end, my husband will sometimes combine it all in a baking dish and cook for 10 minutes or so in a 350 oven. Either way, this is one of my favorite Sunday dinners. I hope you try this ... and enjoy!